Were this a Baptist Church, then the following would count as "giving
I have found coffee nirvana -- a bean I love (S. Mandheling, a bean I have
loved for probably 25 years, starting from when I first found it whole bean
in a local Columbus, Ohio supermarket), a roaster that roasts it to
perfection (Alpenrost), a setting on the roaster that gives me my perfect
roast (#5 gives me a just at the onset of second crack roast termination),
and a coffee maker that brews my coffee perfectly (a Hario with a Cory glass
rod -- "Look, Mom, no paper or cloth filters!"). The remaining missing
ingredient in achieving this perfection was creating a consistent
environment for roasting so that I could get the replicability of results
that would keep me from having to monitor the roast too closely. Though Tom
doesn't like the Alpenrost claim that it is a "set it and forget it"
machine, arguing that it is more of a hobby machine, I think I have now
found a "set it and forget it" setting now that I have returned to no
extension cord roasting in the kitchen using the Jenn-Aire to evacuate the
smoke, where the ambient temperature doesn't vary a great deal. (I am
working on getting a "set it and forget it" setting for my wife -- I think
it might prove to be #10.)
So thanks to Tom for carrying my green bean, having a store in Columbus,
selling me my roaster and my Hario, as well as the beans, and having the
patience to guide me to this point.
Some will deplore my settling on one bean and one roast and one brewing
method but after trying some 20 or so coffees, four different roasters, and
a multiplicity of roasts and brewing methods, I find that none is as good to
my taste as the combination described above, and if I am going to restrict
myself to just two mugs of coffee each morning I am damn well not going to
waste them on something that will be less than perfect.
The nicest thing about being retired is being able to achieve perfection in
life. The first element is not having to work for a living. The second is
to start each day with perfect coffee. After that, little else matters.